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How to get fit and lose weight in just 12 minutes a month

Updated on January 29, 2017
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High Intensity Training (HIT)

Amazing new research has revealed, that short bursts of exercise or High Intensity Training HIT, lasting just 20 seconds, will have dramatic effects on weight loss and general fitness levels.

That works out to just 12 minutes per month. So the excuse that you have no time, is out of the window.

When using the HIT method. You must work out, at your maximum effort, in order for it to work.

TV documentary maker Dr.Michael Mosley, demonstrates this exercise theory and reveals some surprising health benefits, and fast results using this form of HIT workout.

The documentary covers, how to get fit and lose weight in just 20 seconds, 3 times a day, 3 times a week. Sounds unbelievable but it actually works.

So have you got a spare 12 minutes a month?.

Get on your Bike

Cycling is a great exercise
Cycling is a great exercise | Source

HIT really is possible

Not another weight loss plan?

Usually the TV is background low level noise that I ignore. When I hear these words, weight loss plan, in a sentence. Or how to get fit and lose weight fast.

My brain usually starts playing the steamboat mickey cartoon.

This TV show however got my attention. This is Michael Mosley, a well respected Physician, medical researcher, journalist and all round good egg.

For him to be associated with such an outlandish claim, required that I at least listen for a few minutes. What I heard was flabbergasting.

I can honestly say, my flabber had never been so gasted.

Short bursts of exercise. Michael Mosley the first 20 Seconds

Bushmen do a lot of walking just to eat

Physical Recreation walking the Desert

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Sports and Recreation Activities

It struck me, that what they were saying, was perfectly sensible. 10 minute abs, 8 minute abs, lose 10 lbs in a month, all are nonsense to me. I personally have just the one abdomen. Getting fit fast is an oxymoron in my experience. Many years as an amateur boxer taught me that! But this idea made so much sense!

First. Our body design Is over 10,000 years old. Evolution can take thousands of years, to adapt an organism to new circumstances. Our bodies are still basically designed, and geared up to a hunting and gathering lifestyle. Except we no longer live like that.

Our bodies haven't adapted to the constant supply of food. Or the wide variety of food, that is available to most of us. 24/7?

The Ideal Life for Human Bodies still Exists

If we consider the tribal peoples of the rain forests, and the Bushmen of the Kalahari. These two groups still live the way we all used to, not so long ago. They walk for miles every day. With short bursts of exercise (running) when they see a prey item.

They eat what they can catch and gather. They forage and hunt. When they hunt. It is stealthy and by stalking their prey. Only expending fast bursts of energy, to snag their prey, at the last minute.

If they have no snares, bow and arrows or poison darts. Then chasing down food, is an option. Humans generally are very good runners, both in sprint and long distance. Both speeds may be needed in hunting prey. What is immediately noticeable about both these tribal groups is that. 'None one of them, has an once of surplus fat on them'? They have their nutrition and fitness figured out.

Soccer fitness programs

Leave the car at home walk the kids to school

Most people in the UK live withing walking distance of their child's school. What are you teaching your child?
Most people in the UK live withing walking distance of their child's school. What are you teaching your child? | Source

Take time to smell the flowers


Copy our Tribal Cousins?

If we want to know how to get fit and lose weight, we should maybe follow our bodies blueprint for survival. Nutrition and fitness go together like peas and carrots. Copy our tribal cousins, and start to live, more attuned to our bodies needs. Would we be leading a more 'human life'? Probably not!

Problem is, if we start hunting for game where we live. We may find ourselves banged up quick time by the police. Our explanation, that we are deriving the great health benefits of exercise, by getting back to basic's, may not be appreciated.

The Freegan Movement

In many cities now, foraging is quite common, with the bin hunters. Or 'Freegans' These people hunt down supermarket and restaurant bins. At the end of the each working day, food that has reached its sell by date, and has been thrown in the bin. Is now Free!

The Freegans liberate this food from the bins. This food is still perfectly edible.

Many Freegans swear they haven't bought food in years and are living in the cities for free. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they may have a point. The bins are not dirty, and the foodstuff is bagged up.

Back to reality for the rest of us.

Michael Mosley more exercise

Walking is also a good exercise


The Daily Question

So what do you want for dinner? A rabbit, okay I'll just go and catch one.

How long does it take to catch a rabbit, without a snare and forget the stalking. Running after a rabbit at full pelt. About 20 seconds, If you are a good hunter and runner.

How often would you do this for a family of 4. Maybe 3 times a day. So short bursts of exercise, of high energy output, to catch dinner for the day. Makes perfect sense.

Dog Walking Good Exercise

The dog will enjoy it too
The dog will enjoy it too | Source

Get Fit Now

If you have spent fruitless hours in the gym.

Pounding that treadmill, in the forlorn hope of getting healthy, and shedding those extra few pounds, that may have crept on by stealth.

Then this may be for you.

Maybe you have been doing the wrong type of exercise.

This new method may help you shift those extra pounds.

Horseriding is Good

Great exercise for the Horse
Great exercise for the Horse | Source

The Exercise Business

This new research would seem to be bad news for the exercise business.

Exercise is very big business indeed. To open a gym in the past, just meant getting a hall, a few dumbbells and mats, and off you went. Today, the exercise business involves high finance, and multinational companies. Virgin Active, LA Fitness and Gold-gym to name but a few.

They will not want to hear this, you would think?. Again there is more to this than just 20 second bursts of exercise and a fast work out.

The research also indicates that 1,000 people, were followed for 4 years, and all were regularly exercising at a variety of gyms.

When the data was analyzed, it showed that 20 percent of these people had no beneficial effects whatsoever. What does this tell us.

There is also a genetic component, to how our bodies respond to exercise.

I am not suggesting that you give up the gym, far from it. It may really be doing you some good. But. What if you fit into this 20% category, where no amount of gym work is going to shift that fat?

Then maybe you could try these 20 second bursts of exercise, and it may just work, where steady continuous exercise has failed.

This research showed that this fast exercise burned deep body fat. This is the fat that causes so many problems.

Good luck, hope this inspires you to give it a go. Now you know how to get fit and lose weight. and the fact that it is not going to take you all day, and that you just need 20 second bursts of exercise.. Why not give it a go.

Always check with your doctor before undertaking any rigorous exercise. This is not meant as medical advice.

Burst Exercise

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    • molometer profile image

      molometer 3 years ago

      I think I would prefer to rely on the facts as demonstrated in the documentary. It works and it makes a lot of sense.

      As you say any exercise is good.

      Thanks for commenting Sam Hubbard.

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      Sam_Hubbard 3 years ago from UK

      I am a huge fan of HIIT workouts, but only if they are done effectively. But I'm a bit dubious about this documentary. That being said, any exercise is better than no exercise. Voted up and interesting.

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      molometer 3 years ago

      Thanks for your comments tillsontitan, I noticed this when I was in South Africa.

      Especially in the bush. Never saw a fat person in the tribal areas.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Michael how very true! Man was not built to be idle all the time and age certainly proves that to us. Did you ever see a fat tribesman? Even the aged ones are fit, leaving us to the conclusion you are 100% correct. I've often thought of it but never put it in words.

      Great hub with interesting videos.

      Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting.

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      molometer 3 years ago

      Thanks SamitaJassi glad you liked it.

      Fatness is a huge problem these days.

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      Samita Sharma 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      Well done my friend; great message for millions of people. :) Slimming is also best fat burning exercise.....

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Hello Sandyspider,

      Just goes to show that all those marathons were a waste of time :)

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Seems like an interesting way to lose weight. Guess I should try some 20-second bursts.

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      bzirkone 4 years ago from Kansas

      I love this Hub Molometer and it is right on time for me. I saw a recent photo of me and was horrified at how I have ignored my creeping weight gain over the years. It did inspire me though, to start a website about food, health, cooking and eating well on a budget. I have reached out to a couple of nutritionists and alternative food gurus who have agreed to share their expertise on my site. I am going to research your subject here and test out the theory along with your other readers. Even if it does not work out for me, I would like to link to your hub when I get the site up and running, as the theory may work for others. Thanks for a great read!

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Hello maggs224,

      Glad to hear you have HIT the treadmill lol. It really does concentrate the mind when you go at it so fast.

      I find that I don't even break a sweat as it is all over so fast but it works a treat.

      Hope you took my advice and got a medical check before you started.

      I don't want you hurting yourself, and your son is right; the aches mean it is working those muscles.

      Keep me posted and thanks for the shares.

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      Wow Michael you do write some really interesting Hubs, I have a treadmill, I am supposed to do 30 minutes exercise a day, so we bought the machine as half the year it is too hot here to walk outside for long, like you I find it very boring to do. I tend to listen to my Spanish lessons as I walk.

      But after reading this Hub and watching the video clips I have cut down the time I do and whacked up the speed on the machine. My little legs are still reeling a little at the sudden bursts of activity they are having to do and these last two days my legs have ached. My son said that the aching is a good sign as it shows they are actually having to do more work.

      One thing is for sure though, with upping the speed, I now don't have the time to get bored, as it takes all my concentration to stay on the blessed machine lol...

      I will let you know how I get on :D

      Voting up and hitting all the relevant buttons on my way out and tweeting

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Hello Missy Mac,

      Goof to hear you are getting where you want to be.

      I must tel you though, that it is 20 second bursts of exercise and not 20 minutes. I don't want you to have a heart attack.

      Keep well and good luck to you.

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      Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

      Sounds great! I am a walker and have lost over 1001bs in 2 years. The 20 min. burst sound extremely possible. I will incorporate into my routine. Great article.

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Hi JSParker,

      You are more than welcome. Anything that gets us moving must be useful.

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      JSParker 4 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      You're doing better than I am especially in the last few days. But I did do about a 30 second run up and down the stairs twice yesterday, and clearly, it revs up my heart rate and surely my metabolism. I think it's a great idea for those of us who sit too much. Thanks.

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Hello JSParker,

      Hey! don't shoot the messenger. Exercise is good for us. I like walking.

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      JSParker 4 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      OK! I'm going to run up and down the stairs right now. Actually walking would probably work for me at this stage! Like a mantra--20 seconds, 3 times a day, 3 days a week. How long did YOU do it before you saw a result?

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello christin53,

      All of these how to get fit and lose weight deals always seem to have a drawback. This system is different.

      Who cannot spare 12 minutes a 'month'.

      There is no longer any excuse lol.

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      This was very interesting to read and I'll definitely be trying it. I'm one of those people who finds exercise very boring but I think I can manage 20 seconds :)

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Stephanie,

      They seem pretty convinced that just 20 second bursts of exercise can indeed help to get fit and lose weight. I must say it is better than running a marathon? :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      This is quite an interesting concept. I like it! The less exercise, the better! :) I do have my doubts about 20 seconds of exercise being a way to lose weight, but hey, there's no harm trying! Enjoyed your writing and the vidoes. Voted up!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Trish_M,

      It is Michael Mosley and UK scientist's, so It would have been well researched.

      Go for it.

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      Tricia Mason 5 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      If this does work, then it's brilliant, so it has got to be worth a try!!

      Thanks for telling us all about it.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Brian,

      I agree, we all have differing needs when it comes to exercise.

      The BMI measure is an interesting one as it measures body mass index. i.e. how much of our body is fat.

      Anything over 22% I think is obese, which seems a little odd to me.

      We are designed to carry some fat, to carry us over lean times.

      Fortunately or unfortunately for many of us. We never have lean times and so the fat just builds up.

      These short bursts of exercise were interesting because they 'burn' the fat closest to the organs.

      The deep body fat that is very dangerous to our health.

      Anything that helps people get fit and lose weight has got to be a good thing.

      Thank you for your very interesting and enlightening comment.

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from Nottingham Uk

      Attaining the body or weight you yearn for can seem a challenge too far for most people after the age of 40. However scientists try ever harder to make us fit the norm. I saw an interesting article the other day on BMI, what my doctor calls the 'true measurement' of your health. I don't think he would have liked it very much, people of 6 feet plus weighing 17stone were classified as over weight, in the obese criteria, luckily enough a specialist consultant was commentating on the article and came to the conclusion that everyone was physically fit as they were all sportsman or women.

      How to get fit is a subjective topic and a "one fit suits all" will never do. A 3 minute or 3 hour workout will depend on many things, but what your article so beautifully points out is that doing something, swimming, cycling, aerobics, jogging anything for a period of time on a regular basis is the best way to not only lose weight but to also look after your aging body. Voted up as this article should at the very least give food for thought and kick start many to start some exercise.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Ha ha ChristyWrites,

      We all have to get older at some time lol

      Keep exercising and keep well

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I try to exercise on a regular basis. You say that after age 40 I have to work harder, uh ohhh hehe! You hubs contains some interesting material, vote up.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Ruchira,

      So happy you liked it. Anything that makes exercise more palatable gets my vote too.

      A 20 second burst is about all I can manage sometimes lol

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Barbergirl,

      It makes so much sense to me too.

      I have come across this HIIT system before but it was for longer duration.

      Typically 30-40 minutes. Spinning on weighted wheel static bikes.Talk about a killer exercise.

      People would walk away leaving a puddle of sweat behind.

      Seems like nowhere near that amount of time was required.

      I just had a quick look at your hubs. You could maybe write a couple on these new methods that you have found.

      I would be very interested to hear more.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I have heard about this kind of regime. It has proven to show results. Thanks for the useful information n voted up as useful.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      A few months ago, I might not have believed this. But, since I have becme so involved in my BeachBody workouts, I recently invested in Turbo Fire. Now don't get me wrong - some of the workouts are relatively long in nature. However, the concpet behind the workout is HIIT... High Interval Intensity Training. I don't have to explain it to you since you already wrote a hub detailling the concept. It is higher effort means less time in... and it works... you just need to see the results! Great hub!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi onegreenparachute,

      I hear what your saying. Many people love to get fit at the gym, as they get an endorphin rush.

      I like to point out that, you can get the same effect from eating a chocolate bar! :)

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi CR Rookwood,

      I think walking is very under rated.

      I was working in London a few years ago and walked everywhere.

      In just a few weeks the fat fell of me and I just started running everywhere, like Forest Gump.

      I am suspicious of those home treadmills.

      They are usually designed to fold up for storage under the bed.

      Which is where most of them end up! :)

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Prasetio,

      I agree. Today everyone wants a quick fix to these sometimes long standing weight issues.

      This method seems to answer this problem well.

      Almost anyone can do 20 seconds of exercise?

      Thanks for reading Buddy.

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      Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      I could easily live in a bubble. No, not one of those hamster thingies. I'd have to roll that to get around. I mean a plain 'ol bubble with a door big enough to let in the cheeseburgers and a toilet to get rid of them. A TV would be a must and a computer and a bed. That's it. Oh...maybe my cat. But then I'd have to scoop his litter. Hmmm. Too much work.

      Do I hate exercise? Maybe a tich. Do I love this hub? Yeppers!!

      Fit as a flea! Love it!

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      Sounds good to me! I have a treadmill and like most people who have a treadmill I hate it. I do walk my dog every day, but like you, most exercise routines bore me to death. If it isn't for a purpose, I can't stick with it. At least with walking you start at one place and end up in another. :)

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. People try to loss their weight. For some reasons they want fast result with instant process. Thanks for writing and share about this information. I really enjoy the video as well. Good job, brother. Rated up and useful.


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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Vinaya,

      I have tried just about all forms of exercise, they all bore me senseless.

      20 seconds is doable to get fir and lose weight.

      Good luck hope it helps.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Sunnie,

      Whatever floats your boat. We are all different.

      The research showed that 20% of people using the gym, had no benefit at all over the general population.

      So 'speed' weeding is as good as anything else!

      I would imagine.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      lol Alastar,

      I am sure all of your followers are just like mine.

      Lean, mean, writing machines. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I have been doing all sorts of things to control my weight. May be this will really help me.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      I love the thought of burst training..I do think there is something to this. My daughter and I were working out 45 minutes a day with this tape..hard training....losing NOTHING! Eating very healthy..Quit exercising but worked in the garden twice day maybe ten minutes doing something weeding, mowing, hauling stuff..started to lose...Amazing..

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Fit and trim with just twelve minutes a month exercise is a perfect one to share--not that my followers need it mind you. Well, okay, maybe some of us do lol!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Thanks Alastar,

      Undefeated I can boast, but only as an amateur.

      Mostly I got walk overs as they couldn't find anyone to fight me lol.

      This 20 second thing has really struck a chord with the hubbers.

      It gives us just enough time to run and put the kettle on before pounding the keyboard again.:)

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello RealHousewife,

      Thank you very much for your kind compliments.

      Running up and down stairs 50 times a day qualifies perfectly.

      It's the speed which is the key. 20 seconds is all it takes.

      Thanks for dropping in.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Cheers BuyaBiz,

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Tammy,

      'chasing down my food with a spear' sounds like Aurelio and you have an excellent plan lol

      You could use a pincer movement!

      It would certainly keep you fit : )

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      A pugilist in our hub midst- righteous. Bet he had a winning record. Very cool with the Bushmen facts and very interesting with the 20%. What the heck, everything seems to be getting miniaturized these days so why not an exercise length. Nutrition and fitness will always be the keys. Another fine one done in the M.M. inimitable style.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hmmmm maybe you are onto something here! I sure hope so...does my running up the stairs like, I don't know 50 times a day count? lol

      Very interesting reading, I truly admire how nice your hub looks in addition!

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      BizVT34 5 years ago from USA

      Good stuff, it really is about the discipline of the decision more than the difficulty of the action. Voted up and useful.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great tips and suggestions that will motivate me to get off the computer. I am going to take Alocsin's tips and start chasing down my food with a spear. I will lose weight from the workout and from being a lousy shot. LOL! Thanks for sharing these tips!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Femme,

      As the Bard himself wrote.

      'All the world's a stage,

      And all the men and women merely players;

      They have their exits and their entrances,

      And one man in his time plays many parts,

      His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,

      Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.

      Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel

      And shining morning face, creeping like snail

      Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,

      Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

      Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,

      Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,

      Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,'

      William Shakespeare 'All the World's a Stage'

      I have been all of the above lol

      I think 20 seconds 3 times a day is just about right for me now :)

      To get fit and lose weight that

      Thanks for reading and leaving the lovely and inspiring comment.

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago


      First, you were a boxer!!! How flipping cool is that???

      I love it!! And, no, I'm not a boxer, I just sparred with my little brother for kicks. He always won, but it was fun seeing how long I could last ... for him, lol.

      As for burst-training. I think it probably works. So far, from my very amateur info-gathering on such things, our bodies can make a lot from a little.

      However, I still think some sort of exercise every day is best, to feel better physically and emotionally.

      I also wanted to say I loved the pic you included of the guy (or girl) on the bike.

      It made me smile. That has to be difficult for them, yet, they're DOING it!! Even if he (or she) only rode it for ten yards, I gotta cheer for their effort!


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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Phil Plasma,

      What a great way to stay fit. I agree running up stairs has got to get your heart pumping.

      In the video, Michael doesn't even break a sweat. It is over that quick.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Brett,

      This makes so much sense to me too.

      I have been doing it.

      I do feel like I have so much more energy all day.

      20 seconds a few times a day. How easy is that?

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I'm already doing this before I knew it has such benefits. I work on the sixth floor of my building, I always take the stairs. Some days, perhaps as much as three times a week, I run up all six flights, taking two or three steps at a time. I think this is about the same intensity and duration as you explain in the hub.

      Very interesting, voted up and interesting, thanks for sharing it.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Up, funny, interesting and useful. The reason I voted this would work, is that nobody can make excuses for 20secs of exercise. We all put off exercise, but 20secs a few times a day is easy to schedule and would bring up the metabolism.

      Socially sharing and will probably give it a try!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Nell,

      That sounds like just the right kind of motivation lol.

      'Bustin Bladders'!

      Going for a 4 minute mile run, with a full bladder!

      Sounds hectic lol

      Thanks for reading and sharing

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Well, I never lost weight with my burst of energy, mind you I was doing the four minute sprint from the town because I needed a pee! maybe I lost a pound? haha! voted and shared, I am sure it will help someone, as long as they don't need to pee!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi rebeccamealey,

      In the video he doesn't even get to the point of sweating?

      So really we could do this anywhere.

      I am doing bits already. Good luck to you too.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Hey Molometer.This burst business makes good sense to me! Great Hub to explain alternative ways to get in those exercise minutes!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Emma Harvey,

      It really caught my attention too.

      I used to go to 'spinning' classes.

      It was a killer 30 minutes, hard pedaling.

      Now it seems. I only needed to do a minute... total?

      How bizarre!?

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello learner365,

      It really is interesting to me too.

      Anything that helps us keep fit has got to be good.

      20 second burst is doable and easy to achieve.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello tarajeyaram,

      I agree, this makes so much sense.

      Exercise the way we were intended too.

      Thanks for reading and sharing on Facebook.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello alocsin,

      lol 'chase down our favorite foods with a spear such as ice cream, French fries and donuts, we'd be as fit as our ancestors'

      ha ha that cracked me up thanks for SHARING

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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi molometer, I remember watching this on TV. Like you I tend to leave the television on but do other things, but this really was interesting. Even my partner watched it - his personal trainer would make him pedal like crazy on the exercise bike, so must have science behind it.

      The ideas are amazing - great hub about it :)

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      Saadia A 5 years ago

      Hi molometer.Your Hub got me motivated.20-second for an exercise is not a bad idea at all and also for a person who can't follow a proper work out plan for long,this is a great advice.

      I have gained a few extra pounds recently and hope following the short bursts of exercise i will manage to get over the very bothering, a bit fat me...:)

      My vote up and useful !!!

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Short workouts are very effective in bringing your body back to the way it was created to perform. Back to the basics indeed. Your intensity while working out is so important in ensuring that you make use of your time effectively.

      Lets face it, we are all strapped for time. This new research is great news. I am looking forward to applying this very principle in my lifestyle. It also appears to be very organic and natural. Awesome hub. Thanks molometer. Voted up. And, I am sharing it on my facebook too.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Good points, molometer. I suspect that if we had to chase down our favorite foods with a spear such as ice cream, French fries and donuts, we'd be as fit as our ancestors. Voting this Up and Interesting. And SHARED.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Thank you tillsontitan,

      I am glad you like my writing style. I have a few other hubs too lol.

      Rabbit is not to everyone's taste, especially when you have to catch it first!

      Burgers are much easier to track down.

      Let us all know how your 20 second workout, works out lol.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello rusticliving,

      I agree any exercise has benefits.

      This method is amazing because it is so fast.

      20 seconds has to be the shortest workout period in history.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Minnetonka Twin,

      You can still have your long walks, just throw in 20 seconds of fast walking every now and again.

      Apart from anything else it will make you laugh.

      Think of this next time you go for a walk.

      Do a fast 20 seconds.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello AudreyHowitt,

      20 seconds only 3 times. 5 minutes is way to much work lol

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I think my flabber is gasted too! I certainly don't want to hunt down a rabbit but 20 second bursts does seem right up my alley. I love your writing style and enjoyed the journey through your explanation now to plan my 20 second daily bursts. Voted up.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Ardie,

      I think running around after 3 children is way too much exercise already.

      You are excused lol

      Now go sit on the side and watch the rest of us run ourselves ragged lol

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi fishtiger58,

      Even I can manage 20 seconds of activity lol.

      You go for it. Hope it works for you too.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hello Debby Bruck,

      Radical ideas often seem weird and whacky.

      The idea here, is to do high intensity 'bursts' of activity. Just 20 seconds. 3 times.

      You will notice that Michael Mosley, doesn't even get to the point of breaking a sweat?

      He is puffed out but that is all.

      As always I would consult a doctor before you go sprinting down the street! Debby. lol

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Jen,

      It makes perfect sense to me too.

      So simple.

      Less easy to get at food, means less calories etc.

      Even zoo's now routinely hide the food, around the animals enclosures.

      To make the animals work for it.

      This also makes the animals happier as they are 'finding' food.

      Similar to how they would in the wild.

      Some theories seem ridiculous when first announced.

      This one I think has some merit and the evidence backs it up!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Thanks primpo, let us all know how you get on.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Well that seems to be the answer subron7.

      Short bursts of activity.

      Why not bring the post box, closer to the house and just do a 100 yard dash lol.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hello Michael ~ I have heard about interval training, where spread throughout the day you do a few exercises. I'm watching the films above and wondering what to do if I don't belong to a gym and don't use a bicycle or have training equipment. Can I just do a sprint down the block, running as hard as I can and then flat on the ground out of breath? Good job on this hub. I know many will read and rate. Blessings, Debby

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I like this hub a lot. It's encouraging for those who are basically stationary. If we can just get it through our heads that any form of exercise is better than none.

      Sitting is better than laying down~

      Standing is better than sitting~

      Walking is better than standing~

      Jogging is better than walking~


      I think that's the idea! Voted up!


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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      HMMM? interesting stuff my friend. I hope it's true but I do like my long walks.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Well thank you! I can go run in place for the next 5 minutes and feel better! I am not a gym person so for me--given that I sit so much--short bursts of exercise are a relief--Yay!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Hello molometer!! I love this idea. I do something sorta like this so I can get an intense workout in less time. Its most helpful since I have 3 little ones running under my feet who often want to "workout" too - only to get in the way or need something once I start hahah Great Hub!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Very sound advice dwelburn,

      I like the idea of just 20 seconds exercise.

      I used to get so bored at the gym.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a helpful comment.

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      fishtiger58 5 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      My flabber has never been so gasted, too darn funny, but I sure do like the idea of 20 second bursts, may have to give that a go.

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      I think you have a great theory here molometer. In reality we have too many conveniences at the touch of a button, there seems to be "an app for that" for everything, that the day to day survival needs have minimized our body to metabolize naturally. We would rather take a pill, surgically get a quick fix, or other extremes to lose weight.

      I think it would be a great idea to develop a "camp" of sorts where you throw the people into the wild and have them live as we did in the Paleolithic times. You wanna some protein, better get going...Got a sweet craving, find a natural source of sugar, not some synthesized candy bar, and so on...


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      primpo 5 years ago

      I'm gonna try it. I've been burning myself out at the gym

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      James W. Nelson 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Very interesting, Molometer! I'm 67 and every winter I put on an extra bit of stomach, and by the next winter it's mostly gone again. I jog out to the mailbox every day, about 500 feet, and then walk back. Maybe if I jog out a little faster it'll (the stomach) disappear sooner...?

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      David 5 years ago from Chesterfield, UK

      Yes, short bursts of intense exercise are best for burning fat and improving fitness. Be sure to warm up first though, and if you need to lose quite a bit of fat you will still need to reduce your calorie intake as well.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Anything that gets us moving has got to be a good thing.

      The main thing about this high burst exercise, is that it burns the deep core fat fast.

      That is the dangerous fat, that causes the problems.

      The trampoline sounds like a good idea still.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      Video tape myself on a trampoline? No way! Don't want to embarrass myself. Actually, I jump 10 minutes a day ... or at least that's my intention. I tried a fast jog as part of the 10 minutes I did a few minutes ago, but I didn't reach the intensity the gentleman in the video did. Oh well, it felt intense to me, and that's what counts.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      I was thinking the same thing.

      I have a regular bike.

      I don't want to scare the motorists, so I was thinking to put it up on bricks or something :)

      Health and safety being a bit of a concern I haven't yet lol.

      Please video the trampolinist in action :) And post it!

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      This is music to my ears, molometer! Now to figure out a way to do those 20-second bursts without a stationary bike. Maybe on my mini trampoline. Voted up, useful, and (very) interesting.